Writing TV Pilots for the US Market with Charles Murray

| February 26, 2018 | Comments (0)

Filmbase and Screen Training Ireland have launched a unique course aimed at introducing the current state of the US TV market and what writers need to know about the industry in order to develop, pitch, write and produce pilot episodes and drama series for Network television shows and Streaming Platforms.

All writers will have their projects analysed with feedback and practical development advice for presenting their series to US broadcasters. This unique opportunity for Irish writers to work with one of the most experienced US writer/producers currently working will provide them with new techniques that they can use for future projects/writing positions within the US TV market.

Charles Murray is a highly experienced US-based Writer and Producer with credits stretching across major Network TV drama series including Marvel’s Luke Cage, Sons Of Anarchy, Criminal Minds, Castle, Star Wars: The Clone Wars & Star Wars Rebels amongst other productions.

In this course he will take writers through:

– An exploration of what makes a successful pilot script
– The importance of clearly identifiable theme and story narrative
– Creating sympathetic/empathetic characters
– Do’s and Don’ts of writing a Pilot
– Writing deadlines
– General advice for writers aiming to break into the US marketplace

Writers will be expected to attend with projects they are currently developing. (Please note writers who have producers currently attached to their projects will be encouraged to bring their Producers to attend their feedback session).

The workshop will conclude with an open session for writers and producers which will cover:

– advice on pitching a Pilot
– what to say and do “in the room”
– Opportunities presented by new Streaming platforms
– Acquiring representation and what to look for in a manager or agent

Course Support: Des Doyle

The workshop takes place across three days from 21st – 23rd March at Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. The open session for writers and producers takes place on the afternoon of the 23rd March from 2 – 4.30pm.

Please apply online at www.screentrainingireland.ie with your current CV. Please email a one-page synopsis to grainne.bennett@screentrainingireland.ie.  The deadline for applications is 12:00pm Monday the 12th of March.
For further information please email grainne.bennett@screentrainingireland.ie

About Charles Murray

Charles Murray has spent the last 15+ years as a television writer. During that span he has worked with TV heavyweights like David Milch (Deadwood, NYPD Blue), Steven Bochco (Hill Street Blues), and Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy). Working on shows like Castle, Criminal Minds, Sons of Anarchy, and Luke Cage he’s cultivated a rich, methodical storytelling sensibility.

In addition to his television work, he expanded his story telling output by moving into feature film writing/directing. He’s written features for 20th Century Fox, LionsGate, and Screen Gems. THINGS NEVER SAID was his first feature film as a Director. He’s now writing his fourth independent feature to direct.

Des Doyle

Des Doyle is a D.I.T. graduate who spent 15 years working in the Camera Dept in the Irish Film Industry before moving to directing. He is the writer/director of the critically acclaimed documentary Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show, featuring Matthew Carnahan (House of Lies, Valley Of The Boom), JJ Abrams (Alias, Lost, Fringe), Hart Hanson (Bones), Robert and Michelle King (The Good Wife), Ronald D. Moore (Outlander, Battlestar Galactica), Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory) and Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly) among others. The documentary also led to the accompanying book Showrunners, written by Tara Bennett and published by Titan. He is currently working on a new media based feature documentary as well as providing consultancy services to Irish Producers & Writers with projects targeting the US market.


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